Over 500 youths assured of employment through DOLE’s JobStart program

admin   •   March 15, 2017   •   4797

Unemployment rate in the Philippines has spiked to 6.6 percent in January, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Agency (PSA).

It is a 1.9 percent increase from 4.7 percent in October last year, which translates to around 2.04 million Filipinos who are jobless.

For this reason, the Department of Labor and Employment has launched different projects including the JobStart Philippines program. It aims to hone the skills of the youth and help them find jobs, especially the out-of-school youth.

Jobstreet program is a collaborative project of DOLE, Asian Development Bank and Canadian International Development Agency.

This morning, a total of 588 youth graduated from the program. They are the first batch of beneficiaries of DOLE’s rollout program who hails from different parts of the country.

The project’s beneficiaries underwent months-long life skills training, technical training and company based internship while receiving compensation.

DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said most of those who enrolled in the JobStart program have already found jobs or are absorbed as regular employees.

“Of the 588, the 584 are already employed permanently. Most of them are our out-of-school youth trainees,” USec. Maglunsod said.

Jherico Quiton, a high school graduate, is one of the program’s beneficiaries who has already been hired.

“I am really happy because this is a great help for people like me who find it difficult to be hired,” Quiton said.

Some of the partner companies or employers of the program have also been recognized.

The JobStart Philippines Act or Republic Act 10869 has been signed into law in June 2016. It is open to out-of-school or unemployed youth aged 18 to 24.

DOLE, meanwhile, plans to bring the program to all parts of the country.

“As of now, we only cater to National Capital Region, Region 3 and Region 4A but we will expand this to other regions, to a nationwide scope.” the labor undersecretary said.

Meanwhile, there are also available jobs for those unemployed.

“There are 10,000 jobs available. It’s really many. Most of these are in the service industry. There are also jobs in manufacturing, construction and spas. Just Google it. philjobnet.gov.ph. You can see there the available jobs,” Maglunsod said. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

LGUs may recruit TUPAD workers as contact tracers – Bello

Robie de Guzman   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) may now utilize the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) cash for work program, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) to recruit contact tracers, the labor chief said.

In a statement, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that aside from Metro Manila, LGUs in other areas needing additional contact tracers may tap TUPAD beneficiaries as contact tracers in their respective jurisdictions.

Bello said he already informed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) of this move to support the requirements of various LGUs for additional contact tracers, especially in areas with high cases of novel coronavirus disease.

DOLE regional directors have also been given the discretion to approve requests of local chief executives to tap TUPAD beneficiaries as contact tracers in their respective areas.

“In our meeting with the DILG, I already told Acting Secretary (Bernardo) Florece that he can allocate to any LGU the number of contact tracers to be employed under our TUPAD program,” he added.

Florece was designated as DILG officer in charge in March while Secretary Eduardo Año was on medical leave.

TUPAD is an emergency employment program for displaced informal sector workers. Beneficiaries are provided with temporary employment that runs between 10 days to 30 days, and paid the prevailing daily minimum wage in their respective areas.

Beneficiaries are normally those displaced by natural calamities like typhoon, earthquake, volcanic eruption or disasters and accidents like fire, among others.

“Since the DILG has problems funding the contact tracing of LGUs, I thought it wise to offer our TUPAD program for that purpose,” Bello said.

“In this manner, we are not only providing emergency employment to our displaced workers but also helping the urgent need of the community to stop the spread of the disease through contact tracing,” he added.

At the height of the lockdowns last year, DOLE said that TUPAD beneficiaries were engaged to undertake disinfection and sanitation of their homes and immediate neighborhood to contain the spread of the virus.

Bello had initially offered 14,000 TUPAD beneficiaries as contact tracers for the requirements of LGUs in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna for a duration of one month.

But Metro Manila mayors requested that contract tracers be employed for three months instead for an allocation of P230 million equivalent to close to 5,000 contact tracers.

“The application and processing for NCR contact tracers under TUPAD started on Saturday and ends on April 22,” DOLE said.

DOLE prepares for nationwide job fair on May 1

Marje Pelayo   •   April 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is preparing for a national job summit on May 1 for Filipinos whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency plans to gather business groups, private and public agencies to open job opportunities during the summit.

“Mayroon din tayong isinusulong na job summit para sa May 1. Ang layunin naman ng job summit na ito ay ma-recover talaga natin ang employment na nawala sa atin during the pandemic,” DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said during the Laging Handa briefing.

The official said even DOLE’s regional offices and public employment offices are already looking for job vacancies which they can offer to displaced workers in need of work opportunities.

The Labor department earlier announced its plan to hire additional contact tracers as part of the agency’s emergency employment program.

Applicants for the job fair may access updates through DOLE’s official website www.dole.gov.ph or the agency’s social media pages.

Over 67,000 displaced tourism workers in NCR Plus receive P5,000 cash aid

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 67,347 tourism workers displaced by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus area will receive P5,000 cash assistance from the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In a statement released by the DOT, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III agreed to provide cash assistance to the said sector workers in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

Of the said number, 6,817 beneficiaries are in Bulacan, 8,422 in Cavite, 14,161 in Laguna, 10,582 in Rizal, and 27,365 in the NCR.

The total disbursements amount to over P336.7 million as of April 6.

In today’s online awarding of certificates, around P41.2 million pesos were given to 8,251 recognized beneficiaries of the DOT-DOLE cash assistance program, broken down as follow:

NCR – 2,199
Bulacan – 901
Cavite – 924
Laguna – 2,490
Rizal – 1,737

“We are hopeful that this financial assistance will provide some relief to our most affected stakeholders and tourism workers during these difficult times. While it may help in the short term, we believe that the best way to help stakeholders, in the long run, is to develop a tourism industry that is stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable to change,” Puyat said in her opening remarks.

DOLE Secretary Bello added that the labor department will continuously provide assistance to the tourism workers despite the increasing odds brought by the pandemic.

“Rest assured that DOLE will always give its full support to our workers in need. In the coming months, as we start to put our economy on its track, we hope that our tourism stakeholders will get back on their feet, stronger than before,” he said.

Issued in February, the DOT-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2021-001 (Amended Implementing Guidelines on Providing Financial Assistance and Cash-For-Work Program for Displaced Workers in the Tourism Sector) expanded its coverage of beneficiaries including Local Government-Licensed Tourism Support Service (TSS) enterprises, providers and associations of providers.

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